About iPads

Welcome to the section of the website that specifically supports the use of iPads for learning!

Please see the pages on the left for purchasing student sets of iPads, core sets of recommended apps, ideas and examples for specific apps for learning, and further support resource and logistics.

In all tools we use for learning, it is important to explore the “why”. Why do we use iPads for learning? Lets look at some research.

The key success factor for the integration of iPads into learning is not the selection of device or the app. but rather the use of devices by engaged, supportive and prepared teachers within the context of a broader pedagogical program. (Keane, Lang and Pilgrim 2012)

Digital technologies are increasingly transforming the way we work, live, learn and play, offering new opportunities, personalized educational choices, and unprecedented access to services and resources. Social media, multimedia, cloud computing, interoperable systems and mobile learning have become a pervasive and necessary part of everyday life.

Mobile devices, such as the iPad, and apps can be used in educational settings as an annotation tool; to enable creation and composition; facilitate social networking; and provide rich tools to capture and edit video, audio and images. The portability, flexibility, and natural intuitive interfaces make tablets ideal devices for students to develop their 21st Century skills, such as creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration (NMC 2013).

Whether it’s connecting with new people via social media, discovering local recommended resources, or capture and representing student learning, mobiles provide students with constant opportunities to act upon their curiosities and expand their knowledge. (NMC 2013)

The focus of the use of the iPad in learning is to provide choice in various technologies and apps to show or represent their learning. The iPad is simply a tool, and not a learning outcome. (Bill Ferriter, 2013)

The iPad is not a laptop or a desktop. In a learning environment, mobile devices and other technologies such as laptops and desktops can all work in concert with other non digital activities to achieve the end goal: to inspire student learning.

The focus of this part of the website is on what the iPad does best: create digitally and capture learning. Please visit the sites listed on the left for further exploration.

For further support check out our iPads in Elementary YouTube playlist below: